I posted several weeks ago about a puppy from an unplanned litter - we walked away and stuck with a breeder waitlist. Couple weeks ago I got the e-mail confirming the breeding had taken place as planned and puppies were hoped for in late March - expected to be ready to go to homes in late May / June (Breeder won’t let puppies go prior to 10 weeks and urges for 12, which I’m a fan of!)
But I think I’m getting pre-puppy ‘cold feet’ and am wondering (as it gets more real)…are we really ready for a puppy?
- Husband and I both work full time (40-50 hrs/week); currently WFH full time, expect that we’ll do split WFH / in-office post-COVID (likely 2-3 days at home and 2-3 days at the office)
- 1 year old son with plans for #2 sometime in 2022
- 6 year old rescue dog who required A LOT of time and training (mostly behavioral) when we got her at 8 months for the first ~2 years; Now super easy and gets AM 45 - 60 min off-leash and PM ~30 min off leash M-F plus 1.5-2 hrs off-leash Sat / Sun
Are we crazy for bringing a puppy into this? I think back to current dog’s schedule as a teenager and it was multiple walks a day, nose work, confidence-building exercises, obedience training, etc.
Plus right now it’s so easy to drop her with friends / family if we go away as she’s SUCH a good houseguest…dropping two dogs feels like a way bigger ask (especially if one is a rambunctious pup!)
So Coth…is this normal “pre-puppy cold feet” or my sanity restarting and making me realize we do not have the bandwidth for a pup?
Reasons we want a pup: Current dog is tolerant at best with puppies and currently is still going strong physically, so I want to get a puppy while still fair to her vs wait until she’s slowing down and grumpy and will have zero patience for an irritating little “sibling”. We foster young (but not puppy) dogs and after 2-3 days she always bonds and loves having a playmate, but the first 2-3 days are a lot of “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY LIFE” dramatics. We are specific about what we’re looking for in a next dog and have not yet had a foster meet those criteria hence going for a specific breed from breeder vs another rescue. Plus, the rescue world right now is craaaaaaaazy (at least around here). Finally, with plans for baby #2 on the way, I figure life is only going to get more stretched so better to bring in puppy prior to baby #2’s arrival. The idea of current dog passing away and not having a dog in the house is a big fear of mine as it would break me emotionally.